St. Louis: The Gateway Gates

 Zack and Arch. 

Zack and Arch. 

I think all four of us were really surprised at what a great stop St Louis, MO ended up being. We arrived on Friday night (may 18), and we're greeted with firm hugs from our host and the founder of DASA as well asGateway Games, Kelly Bellman. In the past few years Kelly has brought a small congregation of few disabled youths that would gather for activities in her back yard to over four hundred athletes that compete in various sports, from swimming to skiing, year round. When we arrived on Friday we filmed the last practice before the weekends event. We were able to profile amazing young athletes and the positive effect that DASA has on them and their families. We also proved to ourselves and ultimately to our audience that it does not matter where your live there are always means to stay active regardless of your disability. In addition to the Gateway Games we were able to catch up with the SledHockey National Champions, the DASA Blues. We all owe a big thank you to Kelly for covering the cost or our hotel and most of our meals; Also to Thomas Re ed, a DASA parent, who offered to take us all out to breakfast for our first day. The DASA community like all of our other hosts went above and beyond in their accommodations. Looking forward to the exposure of competitive youths with disabilities in our final cut through DAS A's part in the film. So long St. Louis it's been real!